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Taste of Tuscaloosa: The Simple Peasant is Anything but Simple

By Sheena Gregg

“Have you been to The Simple Peasant?” is a question I’ve been hearing often over the past two months. It’s likely a question you’ve heard yourself. If your answer is “no,” I promise that you should get in your car and change your answer immediately. Though the restaurant boasts “uncomplicated cuisine,” it is clear to those lucky enough to have eaten at The Simple Peasant that uncomplicated means delicious.

As a joint venture for well-known Birmingham restauranteur Kevin Joyce and Shelton State’s own culinary genius Blake Miles, The Simple Peasant produces high quality culinary creations in an atmosphere of family-friendly comfort. “I’d like to think of this business as delivering fine dining on a paper plate,” Joyce said. “We’re not here to sacrifice flavor, but instead, we want people to feel comfortable and have amazing food.”

Amazing food it is, indeed.


The Simple Peasant’s chalkboard menu is a seafood lover’s delight.

 Defying all boundaries of cuisine combinations and offerings, The Simple Peasant goes from a basic (but delicious) meat and three lunch option to succulent snapper and rib eye. And if you feel like a smoked pork sandwich, soft shell crab po boy, or a Greek hamburger, the restaurant has you covered. Amidst the gastronomic selections are the Italian offerings of pasta, Stromboli, and pizzas. In a college town with tough pizza competition, The Simple Peasant provides a knock-out with their “Willie Nelson” pizza, a concoction of smoked chicken, smoked Gouda, homemade white BBQ sauce, mozzarella cheese, onions, and a kiss of cilantro.

Another fun fact about The Simple Peasant? It’s connected to a Texaco gas station. Though the location may seem confusing at first, one could consider this restaurant as a prime example of the old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Living less than two miles from The Simple Peasant, I knew the hubby and I had to go for dinner. The down-to-earth wait staff confirmed that we made the right decision when we walked through the door. Looking around the restaurant, I was pleased with the mix of customers, including large families, couples on date night, and men sitting in the bar area ready to fill themselves with a hearty meal.

Our waitress was quick to admit that the menu had quite the variety, pointing to a chalkboard sign listing dinner specials and an impressive array of craft beers. This was all in addition to the items on the menus brought to our table.

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I went with my standard selection of a medium rare rib eye to test the boasts of the talented kitchen staff. Having different cravings, my husband opted for the Willie Nelson pizza with an appetizer of fried green tomatoes for the two of us.

In the mood for a rib eye? The Simple Peasant offers this, and much more.

Accompanied by a side of Greek potatoes, my steak was cooked to perfection. However, as satisfying as my meal could be, I knew I had to have a slice of my hubby’s pizza. Flavors of savory Gouda mixed in with ample portions of chicken breast provided a perfect slice of heaven.

Though it may seem daunting to provide quality flavors to such a variety of offerings, The Simple Peasant has it down pat. For the diner that feels like dining at home, The Simple Peasant’s meat and seafood selection for take-home preparation will satisfy any home chef.

The Simple Peasant is located at 5400 McFarland Boulevard East. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/thesimplepeasant.

Sheena Gregg is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino Foodie.” Follow her adventures at www.afilipinofoodie.com

Photos: Sheena Gregg

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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